Pittwater Animal Hospital
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Dr Bryn Lynar
Dr Eamon Grattan-Smith
Dr Jill King
Dr Heidi Furber
Dr Jennifer Stewart
Sarah Yelavic
Louise Colombari
Genevieve Uren
Jennifer Burke
Lisa Cornelius

Your Vets & Nurses

Your Vets & Nurses
Back row: Dr Eamon Grattan-Smith, Jennifer Burke, Dr Jill King, Dr Bryn Lynar
Front row: Lisa Cornelius, Louise Colombari, Gen Uren, Sarah Yelavic, Dr Jennifer Stewart

We consider ourselves extremely fortunate to have a group of people at Pittwater Animal Hospital who not only enjoy their work but also get on with each other wonderfully well. You and your pet should sense the positive vibes as soon as you walk though the door.

The practice employs five veterinary surgeons. Dr Bryn Lynar and Dr Eamon Grattan-Smith both work full time. Bryn's experience in orthopedic surgery and his qualifications as an AQIS veterinarian along with Eamon's keen interest in internal medicine and oncology mean we are particularly well prepared for pets with needs related to these more complex areas.

Dr Jillian King and Dr Heidi Furber work part time, staying fresh and enthusiastic by dividing their time between family lives and professional careers. Jill's interest in dentistry and rabbit medicine plus Heidi's background in cardiology, internal medicine and dermatology mean that your pet could benefit from extra expertise in these areas.

Dr Jennifer Stewart, back with us for her third tour, comes fresh from working in equine and small animal practice. She's particularly interested in surgery and emergency medicine.

Dr Bryn Lynar

Dr Bryn Lynar - Bryn holds degrees in both Agricultural and Veterinary Science. After graduating in 1979, he worked in Double Bay, Canberra, Young, Bathurst (10 years) and now Warriewood. His 12 years in rural practive gave Bryn experience in diverse orthopaedic, surgical and medical problems involving a wide range of pet and farm animals. His work with WIRES (he was president of the Central West Branch 1990-92) also helped develop his interest in wildlife, reptiles and birds. Since becoming the principal veterinarian at PAH, Bryn has continued to improve treatments for tick paralysis, refined his techniques in orthopaedic surgery and studied bird medicine. Naturally enough, these have become important aspects of his current practice. The sustained growth of Pittwater Animal Hospital is a reflection of his commitment to providing the highest quality care to pets of the Northern Beaches. Bryn is married with three grown-up sons. He and his wife Kathy enjoy trekking, not just in remote areas of Australia but in the rest of the world as well. Bryn also likes canyoning, mountain bike riding, sailing, golfing and the company of his Norfolk terrier, Jindi, often seen with him at work and making house calls. Away from these duties, Jindi loves swimming, ball playing and chasing ducks.

Dr Eamon Grattan-Smith

Dr Eamon Grattan-Smith - Eamon graduated from the University of Sydney and started practice in 1991 at Randwick Veterinary Hospital. After a few 'new graduate' years the wanderlust set in, and he embarked on a five-year world veterinary tour. On the exotic front, he helped tag and release rhinos in Africa and joined a volunteer program dedicated to looking after the street dogs of Bali. More formal experience was gained at the University of Georgia in the USA and Cambridge in the UK. After three British winters Eamon was ready to return home. In 1997 he completed the first internship at the Veterinary Specialist Centre, North Ryde. Coming from a large medical family, it was a natural progression toward the medical side of veterinary science, and Eamon became a member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in internal medicine. After four years at Balmain Vet Hospital and more time in the United Kingdom, he settled on a full-time position at PAH, becoming a partner with Bryn in 2009. Further post-graduate training in ultrasound has coincided with the addition of a new ultrasound machine for PAH. On the personal side, Eamon is married and has two young children, Oliver and Joss. They all share a canoodle named Obi, two guinea pigs and three chooks. Eamon says he is a keen golfer, a struggling surfer and a very struggling guitarist.

Dr Jillian King

Dr Jillian King - Jill graduated as a Veterinary Surgeon from Sydney University when she was just 22. After a few years in mixed practice (on the North Coast near the beach, of course), she spent several more years as a locum in England at a variety of beautiful country practices. In 1994 Jill started at Pittwater Animal Hospital and like so many of the team knew this was the place to be. With interests in surgery, dentistry, behaviour, small fluffies and emergency medicine, she really enjoys the variety of issues a veterinarian in this area encounters. Jill also goes out of her way to learn just how your pet fits into your life so she can help make ownership a really positive experience for you. When not at work Jill is renovating, socialising, beaching and spending time with family. She patrols at Newport Beach and coaches netball for Peninsula but has lately taken a break from her beloved over-35s soccer team.

Dr Heidi Furber

Dr Heidi Furber - As a child Heidi spent a lot of time with an animal-loving aunty. This experience led to an epiphany at the age of seven: She wanted to become a vet. However, five years would pass before she acquired the first pet she could call her own, a black West Highland terrier-cross called Willow. After qualifying in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery from Cambridge University in 1993, Heidi worked for three years in mixed practice in England, developing an interest in cardiology and internal medicine. Deciding it was time for a break, she embarked on travels to Africa. There she met "an English girl's ultimate dream" - a handsome Aussie named Richard. He brought her to Australia in 1997, and Heidi began working long hours in a small but very busy animal practice. Following the birth of daughter Zoe in 2000, they moved to the Northern Beaches. In 2003 Heidi was, in her words, "incredibly fortunate" to start work at Pittwater Animal Hospital. Son Max arrived in 2004. Over the past few years Heidi has developed a particular interest in dematology, undertaking a postgraduate course in Veterinary Dermatology in 2009, as well as subsequent courses since then. She enjoys all aspects of treating pets with itchy skin, allergies and ear problems, as well as offering advice about preventing such problems from recurring. Away from PAH, Heidi balances her time between her passions for skiing, travelling, reading, long walks along our beautiful coastline (she recently completed the Wild Women on Top Coastrek to raise money for the Fred Hollows Foundation) and, of course, ferrying kids around to their various activites.

Dr Jennifer Stewart

Dr Jennifer Stewart - Jen started her veterinary career as a part-time nurse right here at Pittwater Animal Hospital while studying to become a vet. The experience couldn't have hurt. She graduated from the University of Sydney with honours in 2007 and holds degrees in both veterinary science and biochemistry. Her first job as a vet at a mixed practice in Dubbo gave her the opportunity to work with small animals, horses and some farm stock. After a tick season back at PAH Jen disappeared to the UK where she worked in a mixed practice in Lincolnshire for a few months then moved south of London for a year. Next came a few months travelling around Europe. She returned to Australia to work in equine and small animal practice before rejoining us. Jen loves being a vet, especially surgery and emergency medicine. Her menagerie at home consists of Zak, a staffy cross; Lulu, a Jack Russell cross; and Angel, a retired racehorse. Outside of work Jen is into running and horse riding while also dabbling in painting and tennis.
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And now, Your Nurses:

Sarah Yelavic

Sarah Yelavic - Sarah was born on the Northern Beaches and grew up with all sorts of animals - dogs, cats, birds, fish, guinea pigs, rabbits, horses and a goose. But it was horses that really got to her. She started riding at the tender age of five and continued to ride and compete till her late 20s. Not surprisingly, her first certificate in 2001 came in Horse Management, followed by several years working in the horse industry. After volunteering at Taronga Zoo and working at the RSPCA in Yagoona, Sarah knew she wanted more. In 2011 she completed Certificate II in Animal Studies then Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing the following year. Passionate about animal welfare, Sarah works closely with local councils to reunite lost animals with their owners and re-home the strays that come to us at PAH. At the moment Sarah has an Australian shepherd called Sari, a three-foot marine aquarium and a very demanding Siamese flat mate called Layla. In her spare time, when she and her husband aren't renovating, Sarah enjoys baking, exercising Sari and spending time with her family.

Louise

Louise Colombari - Louise grew up on the Northern Beaches and has had pets as part of the family her whole life. Currently she lives with her husband Neil, their dog Ruby, two birds and a tank full of tropical fish. After a fulfilling career as a music teacher, Louise developed an interest in working with animals, especially canines. This led to qualifications in veterinary nursing and canine behavioural training, accreditation with the Delta Society of Australia and membership in the Delta Pet Dog Trainers Association and the Australian Pet Dog Trainers Association. Not unexpectedly, Louise runs our Puppy Preschool programme and makes herself available to assist with one-on-one canine behavioural issues (including house calls). With veterinary nursing, dog training classes, house calls, running a church choir and serving as the church organist, Louise definitely manages to keep herself busy.

Genevieve

Genevieve Uren - Gen was born and brought up on the Northern Beaches, developing her love of animals at an early age; she was only one when the family got a poodle named Sally. Then came rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, peachfaces and numerous cockatiels. Currently, Gen has two "adorable" cats named Rafiki and Andy (both strays that turned up at PAH), a border collie-cross called Brodie and two cockatiels dubbed Tubby and Spike. Spike has a problem though: he's obsessed with Brodie. Whenever he's out of his cage, he'll follow the dog all over the house. If he can't find her, he'll squawk at the top of his lungs until Brodie is located. Gen has earned a certificate in Animal Studies and graduated from TAFE with a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. Her good work at PAH has earned her the responsibility of managing the practice's stock inventory and doing all our product ordering.

Jennifer Burke

Jennifer Burke - Since completing her Veterinary Nursing Certificate IV at TAFE in 2004, Jennifer has worked as a vet nurse on the Northern Beaches, joining our team in February 2010. A lifelong affinity to the unusual has seen her keeping pet pythons and blue-tongue lizards, breeding rats and mice for show and raising some rather uncommon species of tropical fish as well as the more traditional domestic shorthair cats. In 2012 Jennifer added a rather large horse to the mix. No surprise then that she spent three weeks at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre in South Africa doing volunteer work with cheetahs and African wild dogs. In fact, she loved it so much that she returned in 2014 to help hand-raise cubs at Cheetah Outreach near Cape Town.

Lisa Cornelius

Lisa Cornelius - Lisa's career with animals began when she was still in her teens, working as a stablehand and horse trainer trainee. This experience was rewarding enough to encourage her to pursue formal training, completing a Certificate II in 2010 and Nursing Vertinary Nursing Certificate IV in 2013. Even while she was studying, Lisa managed to work full time as a vet nurse for more than three years. Away from PAH she looks after a quarter horse named Walt, a high-maintenance Staffy x cattle dog called Piper plus a crazy kitten named Rango.
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